Organization Development, Transformation, and Change

William J. Rothwell, Jacqueline M. Stavros, Roland L. Sullivan

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10 Scopus citations


This chapter explores organization development (OD), transformation, and change. It questions why we need to care about them and what are the key terms associated with OD, transformation, and change. The chapter also discusses systems thinking, and its importance to OD practitioners. The various definitions of OD presented imply several key themes: OD is long-range in perspective, works best when supported by senior leadership, effects change primarily through education, emphasizes employee participation, and empowers the system to take responsibility for creating and evaluating results. The challenge of the future is to help people learn to ride the waves of transformation and change in real-time and as events unfold. The chapter lists some useful to know terms in communicating with others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPracticing Organization Development
Subtitle of host publicationLeading Transformational Change: Fourth Edition
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781118947722
ISBN (Print)9781118947708
StatePublished - Oct 26 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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